DETROIT (AP) — Magglio Ordonez and Miguel Cabrera hit consecutive homers in a five-run seventh inning to lift the Detroit Tigers to a 12-6 win over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday, a day after a blown call cost Armando Galarraga a perfect game.
The Tigers were still sad first base umpire Jim Joyce made a mistake to negate the first perfecto in franchise history and probably weren't pleased that Major League Baseball let the call stand. But they moved on.
Brad Thomas (2-0) retired two in the sixth inning for the win. Hector Abriz (0-1) gave up a run on two hits in an inning.
Cleveland's David Huff gave up five runs over three innings, pitching for the first time since New York's Alex Rodriguez hit a line drive off his head Saturday.
The Tigers took the field about 14 hours after Joyce's infamous call — signaling safe instead of out with two down in the ninth on a play at first that he acknowledged he missed — and a lighthearted moment was followed by a poignant one.
Galarraga, looking very surprised and humbled, was presented with a 2010 Corvette convertible in a pregame ceremony for his near-perfect performance and remarkable sportsmanship.
The suddenly famous pitcher presented the no-longer anonymous umpire with the lineup card before the game, shook hands and patted him on the back.
Joyce was welcomed with a smattering of applause when he walked onto the field, leading to him wiping away tears, and was booed by some when he was introduced.
Commissioner Bud Selig won't reverse Joyce's call, a baseball official familiar with the decision confirmed to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because that element was not included in the statement Selig released Thursday afternoon.
When the series finale started, the Tigers were ready to put the disappointment behind them.
Rick Porcello retired the Indians in order to open the game and Carlos Guillen hit a two-run double in the second.
Ordonez had an RBI triple in a three-run third, giving Detroit a 5-1 lead.
The Indians made it 6-all in the fourth — thanks in part to consecutive errors by third baseman Brandon Inge and Guillen at second — but let Detroit score in each of the next three innings, including five times in the seventh to turn the game into a rout.
Huff, though, had a major accomplishment by simply being on the mound after Saturday's scary moment for him and anybody watching. He passed neurological testing and was cleared to pitch when it was his turn in the rotation.
NOTES: Guillen left the game in the eighth with a bruised left toe. ... Indians All-Star CF Grady Sizemore will undergo potential season-ending surgery on his left knee Friday in Colorado. ... Detroit's Jose Valverde pitched the ninth, extending his streak to 21 games without giving up a run. ... Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm issued a proclamation Thursday saying that Galarraga pitched a perfect game on Wednesday, adding he "was robbed."
AP Baseball Writer Ben Walker in New York contributed to this report.